Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education, B.S.E.

Instill a love of learning in children. Early childhood education integrates early childhood courses with information about children with special learning needs, preparing you to teach grades prekindergarten through three (ages three through eight).

Program Overview

As an early childhood education major, you will take an in-depth look at early childhood principles set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Division of Early Childhood and the Council for Exceptional Children. By graduation, you will be able to develop active learning environments for children across all subject areas while focusing on diversity, pluralistic learning, family values and pluralistic domains.

As part of the academic program, you have the opportunity to specialize your studies through a focus area. Popular focus areas include: prekindergarten special needs endorsement; young catechetical leaders; sign language (a partnership with Sinclair Community College); education abroad; leadership, administration and advocacy; Urban Teacher Academy; early intervention birth to age three; foreign language; a middle childhood content area concentration; or a self-designed focus area.

Firsthand teaching experiences begin your first year — many of them in our state-of-the-art Bombeck Family Learning Center.

In order to be approved for student teaching and recommended for licensure, you must maintain a 2.5 grade point average overall, both in professional education courses and in your teaching field.

Licensure

The School of Education and Health Sciences is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Generally, Ohio licensure granted in the School of Education and Health Sciences extends to most states. By the end of your first year, you must pass the Praxis I, which assesses reading, writing and mathematics skills. Licensure is contingent on successfully passing a state-mandated exit examination, Praxis II, that tests your knowledge in the principles of learning and teaching, and the content area of specialization. Passing scores for the Praxis II are established by the state of Ohio.

Students completing the early childhood program qualify for a licensure to work with grades prekindergarten through three (ages three through eight) who are typically developing, at-risk, gifted or have mild to moderate educational needs. Through the Transdisciplinary Early Childhood Graduate Program, you can earn licensure as an early intervention specialist and work with young learners with mild, moderate and intensive educational needs. The Ohio Department of Health early intervention license allows you to work with infants and toddlers, ages birth to three, and their families.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements for all programs can be found in the online Catalog.

Additional Information

A variety of opportunities are available to students majoring in early childhood education. Whether you're curious what career opportunities await you; what internships, research projects or student clubs are available; or who your professors will be, we can help you find the answers.